Former New South Wales Labor minister Eddie Obeid has lost an appeal against his conviction for misconduct in public office over cafe leases.
Obeid was jailed for at least three years after lobbying a public servant over cafe leases at Circular Quay without disclosing the Obeid family’s financial interest in them.
He appealed against his conviction and sentence on 13 grounds, including criticism of a legal team he sacked, and that the sentence was excessive.
He argued there was a miscarriage of justice because the case was an issue for the NSW Parliament and should never have gone to trial.
On Wednesday, the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal granted Obeid leave to appeal but then dismissed the appeal.
The five-judge panel included Chief Justice Tom Bathurst.
Guy Reynolds SC, who led the appeal team for Obeid, argued the jury that found the former MP guilty was incorrectly told he had a “legal duty” to act in a certain way as a public official.
Mr Reynolds argued Obeid had no “duty of law” to do so.
In sentencing Obeid to a maximum five years in December 2016, Justice Robert Beech-Jones said his crime was “the most serious instance of official corruption”.
“He intentionally abused the public trust reposed on him as a member of the legislative council of NSW,” he said.
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